HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - According to Madison County Assistant District Attorney Jason Scully-Clemons, UAH hockey player Lasse Uusirvirta has fled the country to avoid prosecution on a rape charge.
Earlier this month, the junior defenseman was arrested and charged with first degree rape. According to court documents, the incident occurred in January but wasn't reported to authorities until mid-March.
Tuesday, attorneys for the 23-year-old told Scully-Clemons that Uusirvirta had gone back to his native country of Finland with no intentions of ever returning.
Scully-Clemons said it will be difficult and highly unlikely to extradite. But he said that if Uusirvirta ever returns, the rape charge will be waiting on him.
Wednesday afternoon the victim's attorney, Christopher Long, released a statement about Uusivirta's departure from the country.
"While my client is obviously relieved that Mr. Uusivirta is far away, and she feels much more comfortable going about her life on campus knowing her assailant is no longer able to attend class with her or live in the dorms near her, she is still frustrated that he has been able to avoid justice by fleeing the country," the statement read. "His flight from prosecution serves in my mind as a confession of his guilt and a vindication of my client."